Dale Lolley just returned from vacation, and the first thing he wrote about was the new contract the Seahawks gave Doug Baldwin. The contract is for four years, $46 million, $24 million guaranteed. This now moves Antonio Brown, the (almost) undisputed best receiver in the NFL, into 18th place in the league in terms of wide receiver pay. There is no doubt there are guys on the list above Antonio making far more money for far less production.
This raises two questions—1) when the time for contract renewal comes up, can the Steelers afford Antonio, and 2) should they try? Brown turns 28 in a week, and has two years left on the current deal, although the Steelers typically work a year ahead with players they know they want to keep. So if they negotiate a new deal next summer, Brown will be 29. What does this say about his value going forward?